No. 3 North Carolina blows past No. 22 Maryland

Posted: Sunday, January 09, 2005

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Rashad McCants scored 19 points to lead seven players in double figures, and No. 3 North Carolina beat No. 22 Maryland 109-75 Saturday for its 13th straight victory.

Raymond Felton added 12 points and six assists for the Tar Heels (13-1, 2-0 ACC). Sean May had 14 points, while reserve Reyshawn Terry added 11 and keyed a 29-5 run spanning halftime that gave the Tar Heels a huge lead.

Chris McCray and Travis Garrison each scored 13 for the Terrapins (9-3, 1-1), who led midway through the first half with an aggressive defense that created numerous turnovers. But once the Tar Heels stopped making mistakes, they turned the game into a display of their romping, up-tempo offense.

No. 5 Duke 82, Temple 74

DURHAM, N.C. — Daniel Ewing and J.J. Redick proved to be the perfect matchup for Temple's vaunted zone, combining for 46 points and nine 3-pointers to lead the Blue Devils in the matchup of Hall of Fame coaches Mike Krzyzewski and John Chaney.

Ewing finished with 24 points and Redick scored 22 for Duke (11-0). Shelden Williams added 10.

Mardy Collins scored 23 points and Dustin Salisbery had a career-high 21 for the Owls (5-6).

No. 7 Oklahoma St. 76, Texas Tech 66

LUBBOCK, Texas — Joey Graham had 25 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Cowboys, and John Lucas hit six 3-points to add 20 points.

In the Big 12 opener for both teams, the Cowboys (11-1) used an 18-6 run to take a 60-53 lead with 8:24 remaining. Graham had four points, and his brother, Stephen, had 10 during the run.

No. 10 Connecticut 66, Georgetown 59

WASHINGTON — Charlie Villanueva had 19 points and 13 rebounds to lead a dominating inside game, Denham Brown scored a season-high 19 points, and the Huskies rebounded from a surprise loss in their Big East opener.

Connecticut (9-2, 1-1), stunned at home by Boston College on Wednesday, built a 20-point halftime lead by simply throwing the ball toward the basket and letting its big men go after it. Connecticut overcame 38 percent shooting with 17 offensive rebounds, which it converted into 18 second-chance points, and had an overall 47-32 rebounding advantage.

Ohio St. 81, No. 14 Iowa 69

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Terence Dials scored 22 points and Tony Stockman added 19 in Ohio State's win, dropping the Hawkeyes to 0-2 in the Big Ten for the first time in 11 years.

Iowa (12-3, 0-2) had won nine games in a row until losing at home to Michigan 65-63 on Wednesday night.

The Buckeyes (12-3, 1-1) were never seriously threatened after a 12-0 first-half run.

No. 16 Pittsburgh 66, Rutgers 63, OT

PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Freshman Ronald Ramon scored a career-high 21 points to help Pittsburgh end its two-game losing streak.

Ramon looked like he would be the hero in regulation when his 3-pointer with 7.6 seconds left gave the Panthers (11-2, 1-1 Big East) a 58-55 lead. But Ricky Shields hit a 3 from the left side with 0.4 seconds left for Rutgers (6-5, 0-1) to force overtime.

No. 18 Mississippi State 87, Mississippi 76

OXFORD, Miss. — Lawrence Roberts scored 23 points and Gary Ervin added 15 for the Bulldogs (14-2, 2-0 SEC), who shot nearly 57 percent from the field in winning their NCAA-best 16th straight road game.

Mississippi State trailed for much of the first half and struggled at other times during its eighth straight victory. Ole Miss pulled to 52-49 on Tommie Eddie's layup with 15:47 left, but the Bulldogs responded with an 8-0 run.

Eddie had 17 points, Londrick Nolen scored 12 and Todd Abernethy and Kendrick Fox each added 11 for Ole Miss (9-6, 0-2).

No. 20 Michigan St. 87, Northwestern 58

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Maurice Ager scored 18 points and Paul Davis had 17 as Michigan State won its seventh straight.

The Spartans (10-2, 2-0 Big Ten) have won their first two conference games for the first time since 2000, when they won the national championship.

Michael Thompson, a Duke transfer, led the Wildcats (8-6, 1-1) with 16 points.

No. 1 Illinois 68, Purdue 59

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Dee Brown scored all 14 of his points in the second half to lead the Illini past Purdue.

Trailing at halftime for the first time this season, Illinois opened the second half with a 23-6 run to take control.

Luther Head scored 15 points for Illinois (16-0, 2-0 Big Ten), which came into the game outscoring opponents by 20.5 points a game.

Matt Kiefer had 17 points and six rebounds to lead Purdue (4-8, 0-2).

No. 4 Wake Forest 103, Clemson 68

CLEMSON, S.C. — Justin Gray tied his career high with 31 points to help Wake Forest win its eighth in a row.

Gray scored 25 points in the first half and finished 10-of-19 from the field. Eric Williams added 21 points for the Demon Deacons (13-1, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference).

Akin Akingbala led Clemson (9-5, 0-2) with a career-high 16 points.

Stanford 87, No. 13 Arizona 76

STANFORD, Calif. — Dan Grunfeld scored six straight points during a decisive second-half run and finished with a career-high 29 to help Stanford snap Arizona's nine-game winning streak.

Chris Hernandez, the Cardinal's starting point guard, returned to the lineup after missing Thursday's game against Arizona State with back spasms and scored 23 in his team's best showing yet under first-year coach Trent Johnson. Rob Little added 16 points and 12 rebounds for Stanford (7-7, 1-3 Pac-10).

Channing Frye had 20 points and 13 rebounds to lead Arizona (12-3, 2-1), and Hassan Adams added 19 points and 10 boards.

No. 17 Louisville 86, TCU 61

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Freshman Juan Palacios scored 23 points and Francisco Garcia added 21 for Louisville.

Palacios grabbed seven rebounds and Garcia had five assists for the Cardinals (12-3, 1-1 Conference USA), who scored 22 points off 23 TCU turnovers.

Nile Murry had 15 points and eight rebounds for TCU (10-5, 0-1), which had a four-game winning streak snapped.

No. 19 Alabama 73, LSU 58

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Kennedy Winston scored 21 points and Alabama held LSU without a point for nearly 9 minutes in the second half.

The Crimson Tide (12-3, 1-1 Southeastern Conference) turned a one-point game into an easy win with a 17-0 run and handed the Tigers (6-5, 0-1) their fourth loss in five games.

Earnest Shelton added 19 points and Ronald Steele had 14 for Alabama, including nine in a row during a key stretch of the first half.

Glen Davis had 13 points and seven rebounds to lead LSU.

No. 21 West Virginia 64, St. John's 60

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — D'or Fischer had 18 points and three blocks as West Virginia rebounded from its worst loss in six seasons.

Kevin Pittsnogle came off the bench to add nine points for West Virginia (11-1, 1-1 Big East), which lost 84-46 at Villanova on Wednesday night.

Daryll Hill led St. John's (6-6, 0-2) with a career-high 29 points.

Fischer's blocks moved him into 23rd place on the NCAA career list with 362.

No. 6 Syracuse 75, Seton Hall 50

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Gerry McNamara scored 23 points and the Syracuse defense clamped down on Seton Hall's top scorers.

Hakim Warrick had 14 points and nine rebounds and Craig Forth scored 10 points for the Orange, who held the Pirates to 35.8 percent shooting.

Kelly Whitney, the team's leading scorer at 14.1 points per game and usually a tough matchup for Syracuse — he scored 21 points in a victory over the Orange last year — played only 23 minutes and finished with 10 points and Donald Copeland had nine.

Syracuse (15-1, 2-0 Big East) improved to 11-0 at home and 20-3 all-time against Seton Hall (8-5, 0-2) in the Carrier Dome.

No. 23 Cincinnati 69, Saint Louis 53

ST. LOUIS — Armein Kirkland scored 22 points, and Jason Maxiell added 17 and grabbed nine rebounds for Cincinnati.

James White also had 13 points for the Bearcats (13-1, 2-0 Conference USA). Cincinnati has won its last two after suffering its only loss to No. 1 Illinois on New Year's Eve. The Bearcats have beaten 12 of their first 14 opponents by 10 points or more.

No. 24 George Washington 81, Duquesne 57

PITTSBURGH — Mike Hall scored 19 points and T.J. Thompson added 17 as the Colonials withstood a sluggish second half to beat Duquesne.

J.R. Pinnock returned from a one-game suspension for violating an unspecified team rule to score 15 points off the bench and Pops Mensah-Bonsu had 13 for the Colonials (10-2, 2-0 Atlantic 10).

No. 25 Boston College 69, Providence 60

BOSTON — Sean Williams had career highs of 16 points and 10 rebounds, and Craig Smith had 18 points and 13 rebounds to help Boston College extend its school-record start.

The Eagles (13-0, 2-0 Big East), one of four remaining unbeaten teams in Division I, had never opened the season with 13 wins and have not won 13 straight since a record 19-game winning streak in 1968-69.

No. 9 Georgia Tech 92, Virginia 69

ATLANTA — Jarrett Jack scored 22 points and several unlikely teammates made big contributions for Georgia Tech.

Senior Anthony McHenry, the lowest-scoring starter, tied his career high with 13 points and had three blocks. Freshmen Ra'Sean Dickey and Anthony Morrow also scored 13 points apiece for the Yellow Jackets (11-2, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), who were playing without injured star B.J. Elder.

Saint Mary's 89, No. 11 Gonzaga 81

MORAGA, Calif. — Paul Marigney scored 30 points with a career-high seven 3-pointers, and Saint Mary's hit a school-record 16 3s to shock Gonzaga in a matchup of the West Coast Conference's top teams.

Daniel Kickert added 17 points with four free throws in the final minute, and E.J. Rowland had a career-high 12 assists for the Gaels, who extended their home winning streak to 11 games by ending a 17-game losing streak to their conference nemesis — Gonzaga's longest streak against any WCC opponent.

UCLA 95, No. 12 Washington 86

LOS ANGELES — Dijon Thompson scored 29 points and UCLA rallied from a 21-point first-half deficit to snap the Huskies' nine-game winning streak.

Nate Robinson led the Huskies with 21 points before fouling out with 20 seconds left. Tre Simmons added 19 points.

Women's Capsules

HARTFORD, Conn. — UConn's Ann Strother missed two of three free throws with 3.9 seconds left, and 10th-ranked Tennessee escaped with a 68-67 victory over the 15th-ranked Huskies on Saturday.

The Lady Vols' win, before a crowd of 16,294 at the Hartford Civic Center, ended a four-year drought against UConn.

Freshman guard Sa'de Wiley-Gatewood converted a 3-point play with 15 seconds left for a 68-66 lead, and the Lady Vols (10-3) held on to end a six-game losing streak against their top rival.

No. 1 LSU 76, No. 17 Georgia 52

BATON ROUGE, La. — All-American Seimone Augustus led LSU with 22 points before injuring her elbow against Georgia.

No. 3 Baylor 63, No. 7 Texas 60

WACO, Texas — Sophia Young had 25 points and 15 rebounds to lead Baylor past Texas before a Lady Bears' record crowd of 10,322.

No. 12 Texas Tech 76, Oklahoma St. 38

STILLWATER, Okla. — Chesley Dabbs scored 19 points and Alesha Robertson added 14 to help Texas Tech rout Oklahoma State.

No. 14 Rutgers 64, St. John's 49

NEW YORK — Matee Ajavon had 17 points and Rutgers won its fifth straight in a rout of St. John's in its Big East Conference opener.

No. 20 Kansas State 63, Kansas 45

LAWRENCE, Kan. — Kendra Wecker had 18 points and 11 rebounds and Kansas State beat intrastate rival Kansas for the seventh straight time.

Laurie Koehn added 17 points, including 3-of-5 from 3-point range, for the Wildcats (10-3, 1-1 Big 12).

Kaylee Brown led Kansas (7-6, 0-2) with 13 points and Crystal Kemp had 10 points and 11 rebounds.

Tied at 26 at halftime, the Wildcats used a 13-0 run over 8 minutes in the second half to put the game out of reach. Kansas scored only three field goals in the final 7 minutes.

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